Application of Design Knowledge in Practice: Performance Evaluation of Single Operator Handheld Battery Powered Tea Harvesting Machine in Context to Tea Gardens of Assam

  • Vikramjit KakatiEmail author
  • Amarendra Kumar Das
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


Tea is a widely consumed drink in the world as a beverage. The history of tea cultivation in India is quite old. After China, India is the second largest producer of tea. Presently tea industry is facing shortage in the workforce, and so the industry is looking for suitable automation alternatives in various stages of tea production. Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) has designed and developed a single operator handheld battery powered tea harvesting machine. The present paper reports the results and analysis of the experiments carried out with this machine from the point of view of its performance. The experiments were performed in a tea garden of Assam, India.


Product design Tea harvesting Machine Ergonomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringAssam Don Bosco UniversityGuwahatiIndia
  2. 2.Department of DesignIndian Institute of TechnologyGuwahatiIndia

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